Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Newsletter 12th September 2012

Hi there posties!

As usual, you can read the high-definition, director’s cut, as-she-originally-intended version of the newsletter on the blog at... here, silly.

The Employable Postgraduate: How to prepare for your future career during your candidature” seminar series is filling up fast! Thank you so much for your support, I’m really glad that this is useful to you. Please make sure to look at the three seminars and RSVP to me at to reserve your spot!

Even if you can’t make it to these seminars, but wish you could – email me! That way I can compile a list of people to get in touch with when we (hopefully!) decide to repeat this series.

Image Credit: bocian,
Family Picnic: If I don’t get more response to this idea, I think we might have to cancel it (which I would hate to do!). So, if you’d be keen to bring your significant other/parents/children to uni on a Saturday for a free BBQ and some fun (campus tours/face painting/music/snake petting[ed: nothing suss]) please let me know!

Important dates for you to block out in your calendar (more info to come!):
AGM: Friday the 26th of October, 5pm
Cocktail Party: Friday the 2nd of November

And a reminder: Do you know an amazing postgrad? Someone who studies hard, but continues to give back to their community – through volunteering, leadership, or cutting oranges for their local sports team? We have an award for that! Nominate them to be the inaugural winner, and see the terms and conditions on the website:


The Employable Postgraduate: How to prepare for your future career during your candidature: Postgraduate students are highly skilled individuals, so why is it that they often feel least prepared to enter the workforce? This seminar series will uncover helpful strategies to will help you prepare for your post-study career before you complete.  Postgraduate students are intellectual entrepreneurs - creative, motivated individuals who are expert at solving problems. Discover how to actively seek out opportunities in a range of different work environments - including academia. Learn how to identify your strengths, market your skillset to non-academic employers, navigate hidden job markets, optimise your online presence and how networking can give you a competitive advantage.

The PSA is offering three professional and personal development seminars, you can attend as many or as few as you want, but the idea behind them is to help you market your postgraduate degree to employers. There will be nibbles and tea/coffee provided!

Seminar 1: “Know thyself better”: Identify your Strengths and Skills,
Tuesday 25th September 5.30pm to 7.30pm

Seminar 2: “Get out there!”: Promoting yourself and your research online, Wednesday 26th of September 5.30pm to 7.30pm

Seminar 3: “Don’t just sit there!”: Strategies to proactively seek career opportunities,
Thursday 27th of September 5.30pm to 7.30pm

RSVP is essential, please email Aisling to ensure your attendance! (

EDUCATION FORUM: All postgraduate students from The University of Western Australia are invited to present their education-related research at the next Fogarty Foundation Postgraduate Forum to be held in the afternoon of Tuesday 20 November 2012 at the Graduate School of Education. For further information about the forum, please see or contact Eileen Slater

Halal Food and Food Labelling: Halal food is now available in the Guild Village, Reid & Hackett Cafes - we carry a selection of freshly prepared meat, chicken & vegetarian meals which will be changing daily! Each cafe now also has a microwave designated for the heating of Halal food only.
Also, at the last Guild Council, the decision was undertaken to clearly label potential allergens in hot food. I’m pretty happy, but it’ll take some time to come through.

Like science AND communication? You should totally check out the Science Communication Seminars, Fridays, 4.00pm at the UWA Centre for Learning Technology. No RSVP required, snacks and drinks available – email Sophia Bickford at to join the mailing list!
This week’s topic: Universal Visual Communication: Between Biology and Culture.

Alumni! You should totally join up to the UWA Alumni Facebook page, so you can keep in touch with your alma mater!  

Feedback and Bribery: What do you think of the UWA Future Students website? We are redesigning some parts of it (mostly the postgrad sections) and are looking for people to help us with user testing. If you would like to have your say, drop a line to Tim Tams will be involved :)

MUPSA Conference:
Multidisciplinary Conference 2012
The Third Multidisciplinary Conference from the Murdoch University Postgraduate Student Association (MUPSA) is coming up in September.  This is a chance for Murdoch Postgraduate students to showcase their research across multiple disciplines!
Where: Economics, Commerce and Law (ECL) Lecture Theatres 2 and 3, Murdoch University South Street Campus
When: Thursday 27th September. Opens at 8:30am outside ECL2 for a 9:05am opening address
To register:
complete the registration form at  before 17thSeptember
Email for any queries

Trove: UWA’s Online Creative Arts Journal – get your work published! Submissions accepted all year, deadline for 3.2 is Monday 28th of September. More details? Sure can!

How about that local sports team?Fun games, volleyball, sausage sizzle, cupcakes - a great family day out and a good cause!  We (Rotary of Crawley and African Students Union, UWA) are organizing what promises to be a lovely action packed day of sports, fun games, food and music to raise funds for science education and youth leadership at two schools in Malawi, Africa.
DATE: Saturday, 6th October
TIME: 10:30am for 11am game start. Finish at 3pm.
VENUE: Riley Oval, UWA Campus, Crawley - near University Club on Hackett Drive.
REGISTRATION: Advance registration required for volleyball teams- $100 per team (minimum 6 players).
BENEFICIARIES:  Mzuzu Academy  and Nkhomboli Community Day Secondary School

Idea-ful? The Day of Ideas is sponsored by the IAS, and focuses on important themes.
Manning Clark House is running a special public lecture “Night of 100 Objects - Creating histories through Objects” by Dr Jeremy Hill, Head of Research, The British Museum. The lecture is on the 8th of November 2012, from 6.00pm-7.00pm, at the WA Museum, costing $30.

The IAS’s 2012 Day of Ideas lecture series will focus on the theme: “Objects/History/Humanity: Museums in Contemporary Society”. It will take place on the 9thof November 2012, from 9.30am –5.00pm, in Banquet Hall South, University Club, UWA, costing $75/$70 (concession). The day is followed by sundowner until 6.00pm.

More info and registration:

Institute of Advanced Studies Lectures and Masterclasses
13 Sept: 6.00pm, “Discovery of the Higgs boson - not the end but a new beginning”, Ian McArthur, Social Sciences LT, (Public Lecture)

14 Sept: 10am,“Mass Spectrometry and Glycobiology: Defining the sugar recognition code”, Anne Dell, Old Senate Room, (Masterclass)

18 Sept:
2.00pm, A Conversation with The Right Honourable Sir Kenneth Keith, Master Seminar Room 338-G30, Law School UWA, (Masterclass) – RSVP to
6.00pm, Judging at home and abroad - some reflections, The Right Honourable Sir Kenneth Keith, Theatre Auditorium, University Club, (Public Lecture)

19 Sept: 10.00am, A Conversation with Susan Maushart, Old Senate Room, (Masterclass)

27 Sept: 6.00pm, 10 Things I Hate about America: Reflections of a Bi-Hemisexual, Susan Maushart, Social Sciences LT, (Public Lecture)

Registration and questions should be directed to the IAS:

Do you want to put a notice in the newsletter? You should email me! I’ll spruik most things related to postgrads, professional development, and activities. Newsletter day is currently Wednesday, so email two sentences and any links to by 9am on Wednesday to be included!
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Phone: (08) 6488 3194
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